LIFE SHIFT

When two old native Californians pack up and move to Ohio, with 2 cats and a dog. This should be interesting - follow us!

Life is exciting even when it is hard. Having lived in California all our lives we have made the decision to pack it all in and move to Ohio with the chance to purchase a small property there outright. A place where we dream of a small garden and chickens and no more mortgage payments. 

It's beautiful in Ohio, but it snows. This is sure to be an adventure, as neither of us has lived in snow before. Our youngest son (21) moved there in October of 2016 and our youngest daughter (25), is going with us - so we still have the comfort of family, in spite of leaving our two oldest children behind in California. (We will badger them to move out to Ohio)

Our moving Pod is getting delivered today. So I took a few minutes this morning to document a couple of things in my backyard. Things from this, our first home, where we raised our 2 youngest children. We have lived in this home for 20 years as of today. 

 

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Forever imprinted

When you always leave a mark. (We also embedded a time-capsule within the walls of our home, many years ago. I don't remember what exactly we put into the old cigar box before we sealed it up - but hope that someday it will be a fun discovery for the people who end up finding it.)

Two chairs. They were living at the home when we bought it, 20 years ago. If they fit in the Pod, they will go with us. If they don't, they will maintain their residence at this lovely old house. The BEAUTIFUL staghorn fern above, is breaking my heart. It was a gift from our elderly, now departed, neighbors who were like grandparents to our children growing up. It would not survive in a Pod in storage for a month or more and there will not be enough room in the RV to take it with us. There is consolation in knowing the wonderful family that has bought our home, likes the fern and will take care of it as it continues to thrive where it currently lives. 

Two chairs. They were living at the home when we bought it, 20 years ago. If they fit in the Pod, they will go with us. If they don't, they will maintain their residence at this lovely old house. The BEAUTIFUL staghorn fern above, is breaking my heart. It was a gift from our elderly, now departed, neighbors who were like grandparents to our children growing up. It would not survive in a Pod in storage for a month or more and there will not be enough room in the RV to take it with us. There is consolation in knowing the wonderful family that has bought our home, likes the fern and will take care of it as it continues to thrive where it currently lives.